Jim learned the practice of personal injury law from his father in Kent, Washington, where together they represented clients from all walks of life. During those years Jim gained respect for the problems and issues his clients faced, and learned how to best counsel and represent them while achieving justice for their cause.
Jim’s practice eventually brought him to the East Coast, where he became trial counsel for various firms who sent their difficult cases to him when they knew the case was going to be tried to a jury. There, Jim successfully tried 75+ personal injury jury cases, bringing his clients millions of dollars and redemption from those who had injured them.
In 2007, Jim returned to the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children, and joined Graham Lundberg Peschel. Since 2010, Jim has been a partner with the firm.
Jim is currently an active member of the Washington State Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice, and serves on the WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board. He is a member of Trial Lawyers Care (a group that contributed pro bono time to World Trade Center victims after September 11th), and is a frequent Moot Court Judge. He was a member of the Ethics Committee of the NY County Lawyers Association until 2007, and has served on the Washington State Bar Association Court Rules Committee. Jim is one of only a handful of attorneys in the Northwest who is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, a distinction which requires verifiable trial results, and a review process including testimonials by Judges and attorneys who have opposed him at trial. Jim was voted “Washington State Super Lawyer” in 2012 and 2013 and also achieved “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” distinction in both 2012 and 2013.
Jim takes a personal interest in every client he represents. A case is not a number or a name, but is an injury that could have happened to any of us, and his cases are treated personally and with the respect each one individually deserves.
$3.5 million settlement for 97 year old nursing home resident whose genitalia fell off due to untreated penile cancer. This is the largest reported nursing home settlement ever in the State of Washington.
$1.25 million settlement for woman who was hit on her bike by an SUV, fracturing her ankle. This is the largest reported ankle fracture settlement ever in the State of Washington.
$1 million policy limits settlement for the wrongful death of a 38 year old man who had a wife and seven children. For five years, the insurance company refused to pay a cent more than $25,000 (which a former attorney told the wife she should take) because they claimed there was no coverage for an employee. Two months before trial, the insurance company finally tendered the insurance policy limits.
$1 million policy limits settlement for a truck driver/passenger whose arm got crushed when the co-driver took a turn too fast, rolling the truck over onto the passenger side.
$870,000 verdict to a man who slipped on grease in the stairwell of his workplace, due to inadequate lighting, requiring surgery to his knee.
$800,000 settlement for a waterskier who broke bones in his foot and arm when the boat pulled him too close to a dock.
$750,000 settlement for a man who was injured when the street sweeper he was operating lost power on a hill and crashed, causing him to suffer a brain injury and injuries to his neck requiring surgery. GLP sued the manufacturer of the machine, claiming that it was improperly designed.
$725,000 settlement for a woman who was hit by a car, requiring surgery to her knee, and a future surgery to her back.
$613,000 verdict to a worker who fell through unsafe stairs at his workplace, requiring surgery to his knee.
$325,000 verdict for a passenger in a taxi accident who suffered disc herniations and a facial scar.
$300,000 verdict for a woman who slipped on wax in a school, requiring surgery to her shoulder.
$300,000 verdict for a woman who tripped on a defect in the sidewalk, requiring surgery to her knee.
$200,000 verdict for a woman who was hit in a crosswalk by a taxi, suffering disc herniations.
Past Results do not guarantee future outcomes.
Discovery in Nursing Home Cases, Washington State Association for Justice - 2013 Nursing Home Deskbook. Co-authored with Matthew Boller.
Punitive Damages in Nursing Home (and other) Cases, WSAJ Trial News, March 2013. Co-authored with Alex French.
Age Doesn't Matter: the Vulnerable Adult Statute in Practice, WSAJ Trial News, February 2011. Co-authored with Scott F. Lundberg
Turning the Tables: Forcing the Defendant to Submit to a Physical Exam and Reveal Other Relevant Medical Records, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, "Bill of Particulars" cover story, Winter 2005
Capitation as a Free-Standing Cause of Action in Medical Malpractice, ATLA Professional Negligence Reporter, Summer 2004, Vol. 11, No. 4. Co-authored with Mark R. Bower
"Fear during Voir Dire-Pitfalls and Pointers", University of Washington Law School, 2008
Washington State Super Lawyer, 2012 and 2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 and 2013
Highest rating by Avvo.com - 10.0
Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil trial practice since 2007
Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Plaintiff's opening statement and closing argument from Phillips v. Bush Realty trial included in Winning Openings and Closings, Washington State Association for Justice, 2009